Lemon dal soup

The added sour element from the lime or lemon adds a great twist to this tasty, healthy vegetarian dal soup. It is a very thick, substantial soup which can be eaten as such or had with rice, preferably brown to ensure a full protein meal.  Reduce the garlic if you have high pitta (heat).

If serving with naan, a great spelt naan bread recipe can be found here.

Lemon dal soup
Author: 
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Serves 6
 
The added sour element from the lime or lemon adds a great twist to this tasty, healthy vegetarian dal soup. It is a very thick, substantial soup which can be eaten as such or had with rice, preferably brown to ensure a full protein meal. Reduce the garlic if you have high pitta (heat).
Ingredients
  • 500g red lentils (or split yellow mung which is even better for you. You will need more water).
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 cm root ginger (or 3 tsp grated ginger)
  • 10 cardamom pods (crushed)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 fat cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 lemon or lime (best), juiced - add more for more more dramatic flavour
  • 1 heaped tsp turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 heaped tsp coriander seeds (whole)
  • 2 heaped tsp cumin seeds (whole)
  • 1 stock cube or bouillon (to taste)
  • Small bunch of coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Add water to lentils and simmer, clearing froth until the lentils are cooked.
  2. Add the ginger, garlic, cardamom, bayleaf, turmeric, lemons/lime and juice but not the pips.
  3. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  4. Remove the lemons and bay leaf.
  5. Heat the oil in separate frying pan and fry the spices off until they pop.
  6. Pour into the lentils and season with the stock cube.
  7. Add the chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Stir thoroughly, remove from heat and allow to stand for a few hours for the flavours to melange.
  9. Reheat to serve.
  10. Serve on its own, with rice or with spelt naan or chapatti.

 

One thought on “Lemon dal soup

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.